These New NYX Xtreme Lip Creams Have an Xtremely Interesting Flavor and Scent

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 01 Dolly Girl
NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in 01 Dolly Girl

Things that go well together…

  • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Chocolate and peanut butter
  • Music and workouts
  • Manis and pedis
  • Ryan Gosling and shirtless-ness (that’s not a word…)
  • Dirty Dancing and Clueless, watched back-to-back with a tub of ice cream (gawd, I’m turning into a Cathy comic)
  • Kittens and baskets πŸ™‚


And things that don’t go well together…

  • The words “discount” and “plastic surgery”
  • Wet socks and jogging
  • Cosmopolitans and empty stomachs
  • Blind dates and Craigslist
  • The Twilight movies and Academy Awards
  • Shrunken pants and Harvard interviews
  • Lip products and the scents of plastic and butter…

Yes, plastic and butter.


The thought of those together makes my tummy churn, and unfortunately, it’s the way I think the new NYX Xtreme Lip Creams taste and smell. Even so, the list of things I like about these liquid lipgloss/lipstick hybrids almost outweighs their flavor and scent.

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nyx holiday 2011 (13)

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They’re highly pigmented, smooth, non-sticky, come with an easy-to-use doe-foot applicator, are available in a wide variety of bright and nudes shades, and sell for a reasonable $6 each. They also last about five hours on my lips, which isn’t half bad for something as lightweight and glossy as these. Plus, on top of all that, I don’t find them drying at all.

With these, as long as I hold my nose, we’re good to go. πŸ™‚

Lip swatches and pics

I tried something a little different for the eye look I’m wearing here, and I’m not 100 percent sure I like the way it turned out…

That’s the Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs quad in Les Roses ($59) on my eyes. It’s from the spring 2012 collection coming in January to select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

I think the combination of hot pink in the crease and purple in the outer corners of my eyes looks okay in person, but here in these pics it kinda looks like I got into a fight.

Hmm… Well, if nothing else, it was fun to try something new.

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream swatches
Swatches from the left: 01 Dolly Girl, 02 Candy Land, 03 Spicy, 04 Buttery Nude, 05 Bonfire, 06 Pinky Nude, 07Absolute Red, 08 Skin Tone, 09 Strawberry Jam, 10 Natural and 11 Nude Peach Fuzz

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 02 Candy Land
02 Candy Land

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 03 Spicy
03 Spicy

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 04 Buttery Nude
04 Buttery Nude

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 05 Bonfire
05 Bonfire

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 06 Pinky Nude
06 Pinky Nude

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 07 Absolute Red
07Absolute Red

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 08 Skin Tone
08 Skin Tone

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 09 Strawberry Jam
09 Strawberry Jam

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 10 Natural
10 Natural

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream 11 Nude Peach Fuzz
11 Nude Peach Fuzz


As much as I love how these lippies look and feel, I’m having a tough time digesting the way they taste and smell (eau de plastic and butter). Thankfully, the scent fades after about a minute, but the flavor lingers much longer than that — long enough to trigger my gag reflex once or twice.

I know a lot of ladies who love NYX lip products and don’t mind their flavors and scents. Because of that, I encourage you to give these a try, because if you find that you don’t mind the way they smell or taste, you are in luck! I think these have many great things going for ’em, and if NYX decides to release an unflavored, unscented version, I’d be all over that.

PRICE: $6 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, beauty stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B (a solid A if not for their flavor and scent)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Amanda says:

    Plastic and butter, how odd! Now I want to try them to see if I get the same taste/smell haha. I’m really diggin Strawberry Jam and Spicy!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      I have a sensitive nose/sense of taste so hopefully it’s more butter than plastic for you! Have you tried NYX lip products before? They’re so gorgeous but have such a strong scent.

  2. I’ve tried lip products with a plasticky scent, but butter? On top of that, plastic AND butter? That’s just really unfortunate. That’s unfortunate, because Buttery Nude and Absolute Red are so gorgeous.

    Balsamic vinegar with olive oil is the best combo ever!
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  3. Debra says:

    The Guerlain shades look sweetly elegant on you. On me: bunny eyes!

    I cannot stand most scented lip products. Had to return a lovely Burberry lipstick because of the fragrance. I guess the lips are too close to the nose for me to ignore the “scent.” Skin Tone and Natural look tempting though!

    Blind dates and Craigslist — I know someone who needs that piece of advice.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love your makeup here! What did you use for your eyes???

  5. Mercedes says:

    Good looking out…I love trying new things but smell alone will turn me off…the colors looked really nice on u though especially the buttery nude…

  6. Chanel says:

    Is it just the lip creams with the butter/plastic smell? I just bought a bunch of nyx round lipsticks but I didn’t smell anything odd.

  7. Melissa says:

    I was laughing enough to warrant hubby asking what you wrote. “Ryan Gosling and shirtless-ness (that’s not a word)” lol “Twilight movies and Academy Awards” LMAO! Anyhoo, I have a love/hate relationship with NYX. I have a lot of their glosses and eyeshadows BUT, I’m not sure I will pick these up. I have a couple of the soft matte lipcreams. While the smell and taste didn’t bother me, the drying factor did (as does NYX customer service and business practices). I’m intrigued that you said these aren’t drying – and I think “natural” is a beautiful color – but I’m not sure I will buy any. I just don’t know. I value my time and money, not quite sure NYX does. Most of these were really pretty though, nice swatches Karen πŸ™‚

  8. Chris25 says:

    Absolute Red and Skintone are going to be mine!

  9. yuri says:

    thanks for the swatch i’ve been wanting to get one

  10. Kate & Zena says:

    Plastic and butter? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. They’re pretty, but not pretty enough for plastic and butter.

    Another thing that goes perfectly together:
    Zena and puppy kisses (which she wishes to give you over the Internet)

    • Karen says:

      Aww, Z! You know you’re one of my favorite pups (shhh… don’t tell Shauna).

      • Kate & Zena says:

        Oh, she won’t tell. She has too many other things to do, like beg for Greenies! I think those dental chews are crack for dogs like Stila lip glazes are crack for makeup geeks (and just as expensive!)

        I wonder if the dental chews for cats from them are just as addicting! They’re in the shape of fish toothbrushes! Zena’s are bone toothbrushes! πŸ™‚

  11. Yelena says:

    candy land and buttery nude look gorgeous on u!

  12. Heidi says:

    Very nice color selection, but I’m really sensitive about funky smelling/tasting lip products. Oh, and I really like the eye shadow look on you.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Thanks. πŸ™‚ I think I need to practice a little more with the hot pink… love it, but it’s challenging for me it rock it out.

      Oh! So, I’ve been listening to a new album that I think you might like. It’s called Who You Are and it’s by a singer named Jessie J. Here’s my favorite song:

      She rocks some killer purple eyeshadow in this vid!

      • Heidi says:

        I’ve been seeing Jesse J. on various television shows lately and I really like her style, musically and visually. Lately I’m all about cranking the holiday music. Annie Lennox’s Christmas release from last year is THE TRUTH!

        Years ago a MAC makeup artist did a makeup look on me that incorporated Sushi Flower shadow on me, and managed to make it look really pretty and not like I’m suffering from some dreaded disease. And as you know, Sushi Flower is some SERIOUS pink!

  13. Heather says:

    Hi Karen! I was wondering, how do you think the color of Buttery Nude compares with that of MAC’s Gem of Roses lipstick? I’d accept the worst of smells if it meant finding a good Gem of Roses dupe.

  14. Chau says:

    thank you so much for the swatches πŸ™‚

  15. Vonvon says:

    The colors are so gorgeous and pigmented!

    But ewwwww for the scent and taste. But if I get a chance, I might pick one up. Cos the colors are so pretty!

    And the eye look is hot! I think I can make a look like that from things in my stash. Purple and pink! Always the greatest combo. And I just might wear a similar look to my daughter’s first Christmas play this evening!
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  16. Jilliterate says:

    Are these replacing the previous line of Xtreme Lip Creams, or being added to them? I’m confused just because recently, my local drug stores started removing the Xtreme Lip Creams, and these new ones seem to really resemble the old line (“Absolute Red” looks like “Amsterdam,” “Natural” looks like “Tokyo,” etc).

  17. Jilliterate says:

    Ohh, the old line was “Soft Matte,” and based on your swatches, these definitely aren’t matte. Scratch that, I’m a dinglebrain. πŸ˜›

  18. Tori says:

    Huh I got the Soft matte lip cream ( maybe the formula is really different) but that one smells like cupcakes to me πŸ™‚

  19. TommiGirl says:

    I am so glad you reviewed these! The look is fabulous! (I love love love the Absolute Red) But, I agree with you… A smelly lipstick is NO FUN! Especially when it lasts for HOURS….blah!
    Although, for $6, I might have to suck it up an give them a try!
    I wonder if a 1/4 of a drop of peppermint oil and a vigorous shake would take the “tang” out?

  20. Nina says:

    awww. it sucks that it tastes like plastic butter (or plastic and butter) … :-/

    i have the soft matte lip creams and the taste kinda reminds me of a sugar cookie … theyre my fave lip product these days.

  21. Pooja@IBC says:

    Absolute red looks gorgeous on you, really wish NYX would fix the fragrance & flavor issue, I can’t use their lippies because they smell funky

  22. Kim says:

    Oh, I love plastic and butter! πŸ™‚ Seriously, I think reading that almost triggered my gag reflex. The only thing that could make it worse is if they added vanilla. HAHA! It’s a shame because they do look really nice on you. I like your hot pink/purple shadow combo, too. It’s on the bold side (for me) but definitely not over the top. I think you’re rocking it! πŸ™‚

  23. Tina says:

    These look really nice but butter and plastic? Hmmm. I’ll have to go to my local Ultas and check these I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Lip Creams out.

  24. Marian says:

    What a shame! These really look fabulous but a foul taste/smell is a deal breaker for me.

  25. corallista says:

    These are gorgeous! I think I can bear the smell for such pretty shades. Loved Buttery nude, Bonfire and Strawberry Jam!
    corallista recently posted … New lip product launches : Revlon Colorburst Lip butters and NYX Xtreme lip cream

  26. Shannon says:

    I am soooo excited for my Glam Bag to arrive because one of these lip colors is included this month!!
    Shannon recently posted … Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

  27. Rads says:

    The colours look so good…why did they have to ruin it with the smell!!!
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  28. lexi says:

    Oh No – Cathy cartoon… your reviews will be followed…”ack….ack…..CHOCOLATE….ack!!!”
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  29. Joanna says:

    The Kittens are so adorable πŸ™‚
    Loving the swatches but, I can’t decide which ones I like most. I love them all!

  30. Em says:

    I really like the look of bonfire, and I think it would be perfect for the holidays! J like my lipcolor to be subdued because I like to focus on my pretty blue eyes, the only feature j like πŸ™‚ got any ideas for makeup with light blue eyes?

  31. Christina says:

    Ooo I like the Buttery Nude!!!

  32. Dang Karen! You look fantastic in EVERY single one of those lip colors! πŸ™‚ The swatches look great, but I can’t stand cosmetics that have a strong scent/taste.
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  33. Manali says:

    buttery nude n skin tone r luvly colors…. πŸ˜‰

  34. EsteeDarla says:

    I been passing these up every time I past them at the store cause I was saving my money for the Holiday blockbuster pallets but after seeing your swatch of each on I have to go get them all tomorrow thanks for sharing HUGZ

  35. Nina says:

    I just bought one in Skin Tone and the texture is fantastic! It has enough slip to keep my lips moisturized but I know it’ll last on my lips for a few good hours. To me, it smells like Play Doh and thank God the scent doesn’t last . I’m thinking about buying some more colors!

  36. Rowena says:

    Hey Karen

    How would you rate the smell of these compared to the Matte lip creams? I am toying between the idea of buying some of those or these…but I can’t bear fragranced make up at the best of times!

  37. Jojo says:


    Thank you so much for the NYX Xtreme Lip Cream review!

    I just wanna know are these extreme lip creams similar to the normal NYX lip cream?

    Are there any differences, is it like an improved version?


  38. Arummmanis says:

    I love Absolute Red on you!

  39. Ooooooo! The colors are absolutely amazing! The thing about online shopping is you don’t get to play around with the product and test the scent. As we don’t get NYX in Malaysia, it’s usually online shopping for us! I’ve purchased a lipstick with an awful scent before and definitely not liking it; smells like the scent you smell in most toilets…

  40. I love the original Lip creams and I love them. I’ll have to check these out as well. Great swatches.

  41. Anna says:

    oh dear. I think the scents with NYX is a hit or miss. The fruit shaped gloss pots smell like plastic and makes me gag as well. I also hate the lipstick smells of the rectangle shaped lipsticks. Gave them all to my mom. Although I like the scent of the mega lip shines and the round lipsticks don’t smell like anything.

  42. Maeve says:

    I just bought Spicy and it is SO BRIGHT! I lurve it. Finally, a fearless true pinup red. πŸ˜€ Most reds look too dark even if they’re lighter because I’m a redhead. Woo! πŸ˜€

  43. Hollie says:

    I’m so happy that someone else finally mentions how NYX has weird scented products. I feel like I’m crazy sometimes, because some people don’t smell it I guess!

    I can’t stand the scent of their lip gloss, even though they are so pretty!

  44. I just bought the NYX lip cream in Candy Land. Then I looked it up here, and immediately had to sniff it! To me it smells like frosting. Vanilla. Does not taste like anything. I like how it. Feels on, and it is very pretty. By the way, the author of this blog pulls off every color so well, I happen to thi k “Strawberry Jam” looks exceptionally pretty!

  45. anna says:

    I have 3 of these and sniffed them all and they don’t smell like anything to me. They smell pretty much unscented. Maybe they have taken the fragrence out since you got these? I don’t know but I tried my hardest to detect any scent but couldn’t smell anything weird.

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